Monique Lhuillier has been known to design beautiful, ballerina-inspired gowns for her eponymous line, and now the FIDM Alumna has dressed actual ballerinas in them. For the Los Angeles Ballet’s Season 10 Gala last Saturday, Lhuillier, playing the role of creative director, designed the dinner gala’s decor, as well as a fashion art installation featuring her designs.
Lhuillier followed the evening’s “Don Quixote” theme for the decor, and for the fashion art installation she pulled 10 looks from her own archives to represent the ballets performed by the company over the past decade, from “Swan Lake” to “The Nutcracker.” She also designed custom headpieces to tie all the looks together.
“The idea was to infuse fashion and ballet and show the relevance of the two,” the designer said. “I was surprised how seamless the process was when I went through my archives and found pieces that tied into past ballets like ‘The Moor’s Pavane.’ All those reds and velvets were in my 2008 collection. It was also nice to see how some dresses that are 10 years old still look relevant today.” She added, “You never see the dresses move the way they do on dancers wearing pointe shoes. It’s very much a beautiful art piece.”
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